Pressure is mounting on Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to increase direct supports for suckler farmers to €200/cow.

Addressing a crowd of more than 400 farmers attending the Irish Farmers Journal/IFA suckler demonstration in Balla, Co Mayo, on Tuesday night, IFA president Joe Healy said the Irish Government must follow in the footsteps of France, which has coupled almost €700m per annum in an effort to protect the national suckler herd.